2017 kicks off for Trojans and Broncos

I kicked off the 2017 season on the road with a trip down to Los Angeles to shoot my alma mater Western Michigan Broncos as they took on the USC Trojans at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The temperature was in the triple digits for most of my visit down there which made for one of the hottest games I have ever photographed. Being able to shoot a game at the Coliseum was one of those bucket list items that I have been wanting to try and do for several years and I was happy to get the opportunity to do so. It was a very cool experience. The Broncos put up a heck of a fight right up until the end, but a few big plays by USC sealed the 49-31 victory.

USC mascot "Traveler" takes the field.
USC mascot “Traveler” takes the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
The Trojan mascot
The Trojan mascot
Flyover during the national anthem.
Flyover during the national anthem.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game's first score.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game’s first score.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
WMU's Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
WMU’s Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half...
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half…
...that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
…that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
WMU Head coach Tim Lester.
WMU Head Coach Tim Lester.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
USC's Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
USC’s Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU's Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU’s Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception :-)
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception 🙂
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.

Seahawks Clip Falcons

The high-flying Falcons came into CenturyLink Field with a high powered offense that included Matt Ryan and Julio Jones but the Seahawks Defense was up to the test and held them in check on way to sneaking out a 26-24 victory.

Richard Sherman in the zone.
Richard Sherman in the zone.
Head Coach Pete Carroll gives a big hug to Kam Chancellor, who had to sit out this game with an injury.
Head Coach Pete Carroll gives a big hug to Kam Chancellor, who had to sit out this game with an injury.
Alex Collins busts through the line for the first TD of the game.
Alex Collins busts through the line for the first TD of the game.
Tyler Lockett on a kickoff return.
Tyler Lockett on a kickoff return.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Russell Wilson unloads a pass.
Christine Michael pulls in a pass and looks for daylight.
Christine Michael pulls in a pass and looks for daylight.
Cliff Avril strips the ball from Matt Ryan for a fumble.
Cliff Avril strips the ball from Matt Ryan for a fumble.
Richard Sherman and Julio Jones were battling all day.
Richard Sherman and Julio Jones were battling all day.
When its 4th and short, it's all hands on deck.
When its 4th and short, it’s all hands on deck.
Julio Jones tries to shake Richard Sherman
Julio Jones tries to shake Richard Sherman
Matt Ryan unloads a pass to the end zone.
Matt Ryan unloads a pass to the end zone.
Blockers Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson clear a path for Doug Baldwin.
Blockers Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson clear a path for Doug Baldwin.
Russell Wilson throws on the run.
Russell Wilson throws on the run.
Back attcha Julio!
Back attcha Julio!
Earl Thomas unloads on Justin Hardy.
Earl Thomas unloads on Justin Hardy.
Matt Ryan scrambles for yardage.
Matt Ryan scrambles for yardage.
Russell Wilson checks on Luke Willson who suffered a knee injury.
Russell Wilson checks on Luke Willson who suffered a knee injury.
Russell Wilson gets the offense ready with the play.
Russell Wilson gets the offense ready with the play.
Russell Wilson motors for yardage to keep the drive alive.
Russell Wilson motors for yardage to keep the drive alive.
Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas break up a pass to Julio Jones on the last play of the game.
Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas break up a pass to Julio Jones on the last play of the game.
Richard Sherman and Matt Ryan chat after the game.
Richard Sherman and Matt Ryan chat after the game.

Dawgs dump Vikings

The Washington Huskies welcomed the Portland State Vikings into town last Saturday for their last tune up game before conference play starts on the road next week in Tucson. The Huskies put up 4 touchdowns in the first half on their way to a 41-3 victory. The next time the Huskies will be home is their Friday night matchup against Stanford, when Mountlake will be the center of the college football world for that night.

The team enters through the purple haze.
The team enters through the purple haze.
Chico McClatcher hauls in a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Chico McClatcher hauls in a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Chico McClatcher with yards after the catch.
Chico McClatcher with yards after the catch.
Chico McClatcher with his second touchdown of the half.
Chico McClatcher with his second touchdown of the half.
John Ross lifts up McClatcher  after the score.
John Ross lifts up McClatcher after the score.
Lavon Coleman is hyped up after a big play.
Lavon Coleman is hyped up after a big play.
Darrell Daniels and Budda Baker sky high in celebration after a touchdown.
Darrell Daniels and Budda Baker sky high in celebration after a touchdown.
Psalm Wooching with the sack on Quarterback Alex Kuresa.
Psalm Wooching with the sack on Quarterback Alex Kuresa.
Raw Husky defense swamps to the ball.
Raw Husky defense swamps to the ball.
Pslam Wooching with another sack.
Pslam Wooching with another sack.
Myles Gaskin peeks back out of the huddle.
Myles Gaskin peeks back out of the huddle.
Chico McClatcher looks upfield.
Chico McClatcher looks upfield.
Coach Chris Peterson points to the jumbotron to have the officials look at a play.
Coach Chris Peterson points to the jumbotron to have the officials look at a play.
Beautiful clouds over Husky Stadium.
Beautiful clouds over Husky Stadium.
Myles Gaskin looks to carve up the defense.
Myles Gaskin looks to carve up the defense.
Jake Browning unloads a pass downhill.
Jake Browning unloads a pass downhill.
Lavon Coleman leaps over Artuz Manning.
Lavon Coleman leaps over Artuz Manning.
Ezekiel Turner pops the ball out for a fumble against Maximo Espitia...
Ezekiel Turner pops the ball out for a fumble against Maximo Espitia…
...That gets recovered by Keishawn Bierria.
…That gets recovered by Keishawn Bierria.
Running back Zach Floyd gets drilled.
Running back Zach Floyd gets drilled.
come fly with me!
come fly with me!
Sidney Jones dives for an interception in the end zone.
Sidney Jones dives for an interception in the end zone.
Myles Gaskin is off to the races.
Myles Gaskin is off to the races.
Viking RB Mitchell Thompson leaps for yardage.
Viking RB Mitchell Thompson leaps for yardage.
Tight End Will Dissly hauls in a touchdown near the end of the game.
Tight End Will Dissly hauls in a touchdown near the end of the game.
The crowd went nuts for the score.
The crowd went nuts for the score.
Myles Gaskin and Akeem Voctor walk off the field victorious.
Myles Gaskin and Akeem Voctor walk off the field victorious.